On March 4, Isabel Low of Weston and her boyfriend walked onto a path known as Springer Mountain Summit to start what would be a 96-day, 2,190-mile hike up the Appalachian Trail. “You can’t anticipate what it’s going to be like to live in a tent for four months until you actually go and do it,” Low said.
After graduating from Bowdoin College in 2013 with a major in neuroscience, Low went straight to work as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital. That’s when she decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. “I had just applied to graduate school and I realized that if I didn’t take a break I would have gone straight through my whole life without any kind of mental rest,” she said.